CIRQUE DU SOLEIL VOLTA
July 12 - August 19
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
Cirque du Soleil is coming to Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa., this summer! See the hit show VOLTA during its four-week run this July and August under the Big Top on the grounds of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. This is VOLTA's only stop in the Philadelphia area.
JULY 4 COMMUNITY PICNIC IN THE PARK
Celebrate our nation's independence at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The annual community picnic includes games and crafts for the kids, a cook-out at the Visitor Center, artillery demonstrations, readings of the Declaration of Independence and guided park tours.
FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR DAY
The Pennsylvania Provincial Army needs you! Join French and Indian War interpreters from the 1st and 3rd Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment as they demonstrate military life during the French and Indian War waged between Britain and France between 1754 and 1763.
PUBLICK READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Norristown Farm Park
Join Norristown Farm Park as a historic interpreter reads the Declaration of Independence, just as it would have been done in town squares throughout the American colonies in July 1776. There will be toasts and musket fire as the crowd raises cheers for liberty!
LUNCH & LEARN SPEAKER SERIES
July 11, 18 & 25
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Bring your lunch to Valley Forge Park on select Wednesdays for the summer Lunch & Learn Speaker Series. Topics include "Colonial Women for the 21st Century," "Just Imported from London: An Apothecary Shop's Place within the British Empire," and "An Unrecognizable America: Life without the Antiquities Act of 1906."
LIVING HISTORY SUNDAY
Graeme Park hosts Living History Sunday on select Sundays throughout the year. This month's presentation is "Friends & Foes: Loyalists & Revolutionaries." Learn about the decisions that colonists had to make - choosing between the ideals of American freedom or the stability of British rule.
OPEN HOUSE AT THE LOCKTENDER'S HOUSE
The Schuylkill Canal Association opens the doors of the historic Locktender's House at Lock 60 on July 15. See what life was like for those living and working on the Schuylkill Canal during this special event.
COLONIAL MUSIC AND DANCING
Paoli Battlefield Historical Park's Revolutionary Lecture Series steps back in time to the 18th Century for a night of Colonial Music and Dancing at the Historic General Warren Restaurant. Learn the dance steps and the musical culture of the era while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres on the restaurant's outdoor patio.
FUN IN THE 1900'S HISTORY CENTER
Pennypacker Mills invites children and their families to immerse themselves in history during the Fun in the 1900's History Center program on July 28. Purchase food from an old-time General Store, discover what life was like for breaker boys in the coal mines, or experience an interactive exhibit on transportation of the early 20th Century.
Live Music and Comedy
WORLD MUSIC CONCERT SERIES
July 5, 12, 19 & 26
Abington Art Center
For the second year in a row, Abington Art Center is hosting its World Music Concert Series, a weekly outdoor music event that brings entertainers from countries around the globe, including Haiti, Sudan, Mali, and Nigeria.
ALL UPCOMING CONCERTS
AMBLER RESTAURANT WEEK
January 29 - February 5
Ambler Main Street
Twice a year, Ambler celebrates its diverse culinary scene during Ambler Restaurant Week. With special prix fixe lunch and dinner options at many of the town's best dining spots, there's no better time to get a true taste of Ambler.
DINNER ON MAIN
Historic Trappe presents an unforgettable dining experience. On July 8, enjoy a seasonal farm-to-table dinner on Trappe's Main Street in front of the Speaker's House. The $50 per person price includes appetizers, dinner, dessert and drinks (including wine and beer), and all proceeds benefit Historic Trappe's special projects fund.
VICTORIAN TEA: ANNIE OAKLEY
Pennypacker Mills turns back the clock to host a Victorian Tea on July 15. The special historical guest for the day is Annie Oakley, the renowned sharpshooter who was probably the most famous woman of her day.
LIVE THEATER AND PERFORMANCES
June 13 - July 8
People's Light New Play Frontier writer Dominique Morisseau penned Skeleton Crew, a powerful story of love and loyalty. The story follows Faye, a woman just months away from retiring with a full pension as she must make a choice between self preservation and allegiance to her coworkers.
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
July 10 - 29
Act II Playhouse
Based on the best-selling novel by Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie is the story of a young man, an old man, their friendship, and life's greatest lesson. It's both hilarious and deeply heartfelt. The show runs July 10 through 29 at Act II Playhouse.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
July 12 - 28
Playcrafters of Skippack
The classic Rice and Webber musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to the stage of Playcrafters of Skippack this July. The plot is based on the story of Joseph, as told in the book of Genesis. The show runs July 12 through 28.
DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
July 13 - 22
Methacton Community Theater
Step into the enchanted world of Disney's Beauty and the Beast with Methacton Community Theater. The classic tale of Belle and the Beast is retold in this musical adaptation. The show runs July 13 through 22 at the Shannondell Performing Arts Center in Audubon.
FOOTLOOSE, THE MUSICAL
July 20 - 28
The Dramateurs, Inc. at the Barn Playhouse
The classic 1984 film Footloose is adapted for the stage at this youth production from the Dramateurs at the Barn Playhouse. Performances are July 20 through 28.